“Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” Premieres In Wake of Suicide [VIDEO]


By Michael Lewittes



“The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” got off to a somber start last night with a taped sit-down of the ladies and their husbands discussing the recent suicide of Russell Armstrong.

In the four-minute segment airing ahead of the show, Taylor Armstrong‘s co-stars offer their insight on the tragedy, with Kim Richards saying she “wasn’t aware of the financial mess [Russell] was in,” and Kyle Richards offering, “It was his choice.” And despite Bravo having re-edited scenes in the wake of Armstrong’s suicide, such as a trip to a lingerie store where Taylor makes some purchases “to spice up my love life,” the couple’s troubled marriage was still the main plot line of the episode.

At a dinner party thrown by Adrienne Maloof, Taylor is asked how she and Russell are getting on, to which she responds, “We’re knee deep into so much psychotherapy that I’m sick of myself.” Lisa Vanderpump‘s husband Ken amps up the drama when he says that he considers using therapy to work on a relationship “weak.” Taylor spends a good deal of time crying in the bathroom, and the remainder of the dinner is painfully awkward for everyone involved.

Tho show’s executive producer Douglas Ross has said that while Armstrong was edited out of the first few episodes, “It is important to know that Taylor’s story is told throughout the season.” But is it inappropriate and morbid to have Armstrong still a topic of discussion on the series? And to have the couple’s crumbling marriage remain one of the show’s plot lines?

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